Dragon due at weekend

A weekend finish is back on the cards for the Volvo Ocean Race following a wind change in the North Atlantic yesterday that has seen the fleet gain speed and race directly for Galway. A daytime finish on Sunday is currently expected.

The stage seven lead was last night jointly held by overall race leader Torben Grael on Ericsson 4 and the second Spanish entry, Telefonica Black, skippered by Fernando Eschavarri.

Ireland's Green Dragon was in sixth place with a 12-mile advantage over Ericsson 3. The Nordic-crewed boat lost part of its keel fairing on Monday to hinder its boat-speed.

One of their two daggerboards was also damaged but the team were able to repair it. The seven boats are almost clear of the ice exclusion zone south-east of Newfoundland.